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Old 31st May 2019
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Default Guide to play Jagged Alliance 2 on Openbd

A simple guide to play Jagged Alliance 2 on OpenBSD.

- Jagged Alliance 2 is a tactical role-playing game. You need the game because: "data files from the original game are still required and will be used by JA2-Stracciatella", take a look at GOG.com for example. I use the game from GOG for this guide.
- Jagged Alliance 2 Stracciatella, "an improved, cross-platform, stable Jagged Alliance 2 runtime".
- Innoextract. "Inno Setup is a tool to create installers for Microsoft Windows applications. innoextract allows to extract such installers under non-windows systems without running the actual installer using Wine".

1) Install, use root
# pkg_add ja2-stracciatella
# pkg_add innoextract

2) Get data files for Jagged Alliance 2
a) Download the game from your gog account. Extract the setup:
$ mkdir jagged_alliance_2
$ mv setup_jagged_alliance_2.exe jagged_alliance_2/
$ cd jagged_alliance_2
$ innoextract setup_jagged_alliance_2.exe

b) You installed the game under Windows? Copy the folder to you home.
c) You have the CDs? At the moment I do not know how to extract the data files.

3) "Start the launcher and use it to configure the game. It will automatically create the configuration file":
$ ja2
$ cd /home/YOUR_USER/.ja2
Edit ja2.ini:
$ vim ja2.ini or $ leafpad ja2.ini or whatever you have to edit a file.
data_dir = /home/YOUR_USER/jagged_alliance_2/app
As the documentation said: "You have to select the directory that contains the directory called “Data”. Do not select the “Data” directory."

4) Launch the game:
$ ja2 -res 1024x768 -fullscreen
A resolution of 1024x768 and in fullscreen.

Jagged Alliance 2 is one of my prefer games, I still play it since I bought the CDs in 2005. It deserves a look if you like those genre.

N.B. : I am talking about Jagged Alliance 2 not Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire and not Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished business. In Gold pack I do not know if it possible.

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Nice. Looks like a pretty game.

Is 1024x768 the max resolution ?
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Old 1st June 2019
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Yes it is, at least for me ahah!
I just try 1280x1024 but it can be bad for eyes, at least for me ahah!
1280x720 same.

For this resolution, on my PC, 1440x900, 1400x1050, 1440x900, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1600x1200, 2048x1152, 2560x1600, I got:
ERROR: caught unhandled exception:
Failed to set up video mode
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